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Bridge: Orchestral Works - The Collector's Edition

Bridge / Bbc National Orch Of Wales / Hickox
Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10729   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frank BridgeJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Howard ShelleyAlban GerhardtRoderick WilliamsSarah Connolly,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of WalesBBC National Chorus of Wales
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 7 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bridge was a genuine minor master, and this boxed set represents a necessary contribution to 20th century British music on disc. The problems with his finding an audience stem from his small output, his avoidance of established forms, and from the fact that his later, modernist, gnarly works will never be popular because they are modernist and gnarly. That’s why it is so important that his more conservative, beautifully crafted early pieces make it onto disc. I’m thinking here of the tone poems Isabella and Mid of the Night, the latter with it’s gorgeous central English horn solo (sound sample). Really, these pieces are just about as worthwhile and any English music of the early 20th century that isn’t by Elgar.

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Read more performances here are, for the most part, very good. Certainly Howard Shelly in Phantasm and cellist Alban Gerhardt in Oration do an excellent job, and the vocal soloists leave little to be desired. Hickox is a variable conductor, but in this series he plays all of this music very effectively. I had reservations about Enter Spring on its initial release on account of a certain carelessness of instrumental balance, aided and abetted by less than impressive sonics (at least for Chandos), and those concerns are still valid. However, taken in the context of the set as a whole this isn’t a major issue. Six discs of Bridge still isn’t very much, but it’s at least twice as much as most of us knew even existed until a few years ago. Chandos calls this “The Collector’s Edition,” and so it is.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Enter Spring, H 174 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 18 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Poems (2) of Richard Jefferies, H 118: no 1, The open air by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Poems (2) of Richard Jefferies, H 118: no 2, The story of my heart by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Mid of the Night by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 26 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5.
Isobel, H 102 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 18 Minutes 0 Secs. 
6.
The Sea, H 100 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-1911; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Brandwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Dance Rhapsody by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Brandwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8.
Norse Legend, H 60 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Brandwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
9.
Dance Poem by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Brandwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 1 Secs. 
10.
Entr'actes (5) by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Brandwyn Hall, Swansea, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 8 Secs. 
11.
Phantasm, H 182 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Howard Shelley (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 24 Minutes 21 Secs. 
12.
Summer, H 116 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 10 Minutes 42 Secs. 
13.
There is a willow grows aslant the brook, H 174 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
Date of Recording: 11/28/2002 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 11 Minutes 18 Secs. 
14.
Coronation March by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
15.
Vignettes de danse, H 166: Nicolette by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925/1938; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
16.
Vignettes de danse, H 166: Zoraida by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925/1938; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
17.
Vignettes de danse, H 166: Carmelita by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925/1938; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
18.
Sir Roger de Coverley, H 155 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
19.
Oration, H 180 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Alban Gerhardt (Cello)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 29 Minutes 16 Secs. 
20.
A Prayer by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  BBC National Chorus of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 17 Minutes 55 Secs. 
21.
Lament, H 117 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
22.
Allegro Moderato for Strings by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 13 Minutes 24 Secs. 
23.
Rebus Overture by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 10 Minutes 44 Secs. 
24.
Valse-Intermezzo for Strings in E minor, H 17 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; England 
25.
Suite for String Orchestra, H 93 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
26.
Old English Songs (2): no 2, Cherry Ripe, H 119b by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
27.
Old English Songs (2): no 1, Sally in our alley, H 119a by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
28.
Sir Roger de Coverley, H 155 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
29.
Threads, H 151: Intermezzi (2) by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
30.
The Hag, H 14 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; England 
Language: English 
31.
Songs (2) of Robert Bridges, H 65 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Language: English 
32.
Sketches (3) for Piano, H 68: no 2, Rosemary by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
33.
Canzonetta for Piano, H 169 by Frank Bridge
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
34.
Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh'!, BWV 478 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
35.
Adoration, H 57 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Sarah Connolly (Soprano), Philip Langridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Language: English 
36.
Where she lies asleep, H 113 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Sarah Connolly (Soprano), Philip Langridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Language: English 
37.
Love went a-riding, H 114 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Sarah Connolly (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; England 
Language: English 
38.
Thy hand in mine, H 124 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Sarah Connolly (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; England 
Language: English 
39.
Berceuse, H 8 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Sarah Connolly (Soprano), Philip Langridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; England 
Language: English 
40.
Mantle of blue, H 131 by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Sarah Connolly (Soprano), Philip Langridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; England 
Language: English 
41.
Songs (3) of Tagore, H 164: no 1, Day after day by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Sarah Connolly (Soprano), Philip Langridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Language: English 
42.
Songs (3) of Tagore, H 164: no 2, Speak to me my love by Frank Bridge
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Sarah Connolly (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Enter Spring
Isabella
2 Poems of Richard Jeffries: No. 1. The Open Air
2 Poems of Richard Jeffries: No. 2. The Story of My Heart
Symphonic Poem, "Mid of the Night"
Dance Rhapsody
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 1. Act I: Prelude: Allegretto moderato - Lento
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 2. Act II: Intermezzo: Andantino
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 3. Act III: Intermezzo: Allegretto [marziale]
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 4. Act III: Prelude: Lento
5 Entr'actes, "The 2 Hunchbacks": No. 5. Entr'acte between Act II and Act III: Moderato
Dance Poem
Norse Legend
The Sea: I. Seascape
The Sea: II. Sea-foam
The Sea: III. Moonlight
The Sea: IV. Storm

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